Ph.d (Queensland University of Technology)
Research discipline: Sustainable Environments
Research program: Ecology
Large areas of Australia are experiencing sustained anthropogenic pressure, environmental degradation and biodiversity loss. I am passionate about protecting our ecosystems and biodiversity through the use of interdisciplinary and innovative technological approaches in ecological research. I have a particular interest in using ecoacoustic innovations to monitor changes in ecosystem health and impacts on biodiversity.
I am a level 3 Mentoring Postgraduate Supervisor and current student projects in my research group include:
- Evolution of intra and intersexual signalling in two frog species, Litoria wilcoxii and Litoria jungguy
- Acoustic signalling and subspecies divergence in two Australasian treecreeper species (Climacteris picumnus and Cormobates leucophaea).
- Evaluation of faunal biodiversity in urban restoration
- Conservation biology of threatened native olives (genus Notelaea) in southern Queensland
- Using ecoacoustic monitoring to monitor biodiversity and guide urban development in peri-urban settings
- An examination of the influence of landscape structure on insectivorous bats and birds in cotton
My achievements in research have been recognised by QUT in 2008 and 2015 when I have been awarded Vice-Chancellor’s Performance Awards.
I collaborate with the Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) to provide real world experience to undergraduate students in BVB311 Conservation Biology. I am also engaged in biodiversity monitoring and ecoacoustics research at the AWC Bowra Wildlife Sanctuary.
I am also collaborating with the Cotton Research Development Corporation on a research project to deliver new technologies to improve natural resources (biodiversity) on Australian cotton farms. This project funding will have important scientific benefit as well as societal outcomes as on-ground engagement with landholders will lead to improved biodiversity management in cotton dominated landscapes.